Women and Words: reading other worlds


This textbook for A-level students includes excerpts from works of distinguished women writers from very different parts of the world.

Their stories will open young eyes to a range of situations, of issues and dramas, in the lives of relatively ordinary people. The contexts vary greatly: an urbanised community in South Africa working on the Freedom Charter, a coastal Maori community, a small vulnerable family in India, a school in Zimbabwe, the hardships of an elderly immigrant on a minimum wage in urban England, the return of women soldiers to their remote village after Zimbabwe’s war of Independence, and many others.

The perceptions, reactions and motivations of the characters emerge in each work, often with oblique wit and irony, always with stark clarity. The situations, and their challenges to the achievement of gender, socio-economic and racial equity, pose questions of universal relevance.

A commentary, discussion points and practical and critical questions raised after each excerpt will enable teachers and students to analyse their significance and relate them to the issues they confront in their own lives.

Women and words: reading other worlds provide exemplary practise in criticism for the ZIMSEC Literature in English A-level paper.

This solid, critical but compelling introduction to practical criticism in literature should become required reading for all students in our secondary schools.
– Mandivavarira Maodzwa-Taruvinga, Zimbabwe Open University.

Women and Words was approved by the Ministry of Education, Sport and Culture in 2002.

Women and Words: reading other worlds
Compiled and edited by Irene Staunton and John Crowe
183pp
ISBN 0 77922 020 0
Weaver Press, PO Box A1922, Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe.

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